Friday, February 18, 2011
This pretty much sums up my life lately. I have been working so hard, but I love it so much. I'm a cover teacher now, which means I travel to different schools around Osaka and substitute for other teachers, so I get to meet all kinds of different kids and experience each level of kindergarten (in Japan, there are three years of kindergarten, from ages 3 to 6). In April, when the new school year starts (unlike back home in September), I will finally be settled in one school and have my own class, which I'm very much looking forward to. I'll spend a year with the same group of kids, watching them grow and learn on a daily basis.
This past month has been a bit stressful since it's a completely new job for me, a new way of teaching, and the traveling around Osaka has been quite exhausting. I really enjoy being busy though, which is a nice change from counting down the days (and having mini meltdowns) in the countryside. Back in Marugame, my working hours were so insignificant that my job was not really an important part of my experience there- which was good, as I got to fully explore my area, study Japanese and hang out with friends, but too much free time in Marugame is NOT a desirable thing in the long run. In Osaka, I'm crazy busy, yet I am loving it, and kindergarteners spread their love (as well as their germs) unconditionally.